A few years ago, I was introduced to Joseph Campbell through a PBS special titled The Power of Myth, hosted by Bill Moyers. In the program, Campbell discussed ideas from his book A Hero with a Thousand Faces and what he calls “The Hero’s Journey.” It is a series of steps that are seen in almost all mythologies in one form or another that guide the hero toward his goal. Even in modern life, away from the drama of the epic tale, these steps are prevalent in each adventure and endeavor we embark upon.
As Campbell puts it, ” A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”
Campbell stated that this generation needed to establish a new mythology to inspire them to live up to the ideal of the hero of which they are capable. A noted anthropologist and expert on mythological studies, Mr. Campbell taught of a blueprint regarding the Hero’s Journey, a series of stages prevalent in all of the stories that intertwine throughout our various cultures and traditions. Though this melting pot generation may not have a singular mythology to which we can all aspire, the Hero’s Journey affords us a roadmap for weaving our own mythology from the fabric of our very lives.
George Lucas stated that his inspiration for Star Wars was highly influenced by the teachings of Joseph Campbell, and if you are to look at most of the movies ever made, you will be able to pick out the stages that Campbell describes. The McAllister Code is my Hero’s Journey, and it is my hope that it will provide you with a boon to take you to whichever ‘next level’ you are seeking.
There have been a few derivations on these stages as the information has been disseminated, but I think that this is the most complete accounting.
The Ordinary World
The Call to Adventure
The Refusal of the Call
The Meeting of a Mentor
Crossing the First Threshold
Tests, Allies, and Enemies
Approach to the Inmost Cave
The Supreme Ordeal
The Reward for Seizing the Sword
The Road Back
The Return with the Elixir